Raue Center For The Arts in historic downtown Crystal Lake recently announced the 85th birthday of the El Tovar Theater, the theater and stage where Raue Center currently resides. The celebration was held at the original spot of the El Tovar Theater, 26 N Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL, on Friday, July 25, 2014.
The celebration coincided with Raue Center’s announcement of its 2014/ 2015 season that includes, Garrison Keillor, Jo Dee Messina, the return of Corky Siegel, 2 Chicago premieres to be performed by Raue Center’s own in-house repertory company (Williams Street Repertory), and much more.
“We are so excited that the announcement of the powerful 2014 / 2015 season coincided with the space’s 85th anniversary, simply because as Raue Center has made strides towards innovative and ever greater ways of bringing fantastic theatre and art into the community, it is a blessing that the Raue patrons and family are able to recognize the importance that this space has always held in the Crystal Lake community,” says Melissa Thomfohrda, Raue Center’s Director of Marketing.
Raue Center feels its greatest achievement is the continuation and renewal of the legacy the El Tovar Theater brought to Crystal Lake and its citizens 85 years ago, to supply and empower the community of Crystal Lake with new and moving arts made available to people of all ages and all walks of life.
A small celebration of the milestone birthday occured on July 25. Event guests included relatives of El Tovar’s first manager Margaret Gracy as well as the Polka Brothers who leased El Tovar in the 1930s.
The theatre was given historical designation by McHenry County early this year and will be receiving historical recognition by the City of Crystal Lake in the coming months.